The Roman Empire has been for centuries an area of economic development, they missed a real “industrial revolution”, albeit a lot of preconditions for a dynasmic society were present, due to so called “trap odf the slavery” as well as to the lack of a suitable source of energy. However, it’s worthy to compare the historical data relevant to the per capita GDP obtained through the Maddison project. On the table below are shown the figures of per capita GDP (calculated in GK$, then at purchase power parity, within the limits of applicability of the method): those figures speak for themselvers, no further comment is needed.
|million 1990 International Geary-Khamis dollars|
|Year (after Christ)||1||1000||1500|
|Total 12 Western Europe||11.146||8.366||38.426|